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#95051 Research Laboratory Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 8/24/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/15/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the employee will assist in research on uncovering principles of cellular protein quality control by carrying out various biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biological procedures in yeast and mammalian cells. Research techniques involve gel electrophoresis, preparation of DNA and RNA, plasmid cloning, preparation of microbial cells, preparation of recombinant media and appropriate growth conditions, tissue culture maintenance and transfection as well as imaging using state of the art microscopy techniques and perform image analysis and data management. Incumbent will provide general lab support including ordering supplies, maintaining common lab equipment, and ensuring lab is clean, safe, and in compliance with regulations.

  • Willing and able to work safely with lab chemicals, bacteria, yeast and human cell lines.

  • Must be willing to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.

The lab is searching for an LA 2 or SRA 1, depending on experience. If you would like to be considered for both positions, we encourage you to apply to both job numbers #95051 and #95035.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one year of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in the biological sciences; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field preferred .

  • Knowledge of PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning, and plasmid preps.

  • Knowledge of scientific terminology related to cell, molecular and/or micro biology.

  • Familiarity with basic and general techniques in molecular biology.

  • Familiarity with basic tissue culture techniques

  • Experience with phase contrast and fluorescence microscopy.

  • Skill to prepare and maintain laboratory records, files, and notebooks. Ability to follow written and/or oral protocols.

  • Knowledge and skill with sterile technique for bacterial culture.

  • Excellent (English) verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interactions with diverse personalities. Skill to work as part of a research team.

  • Experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment (centrifuges, light microscopes, balances, pH meter, incubators, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis apparatus)

  • Skill and knowledge to maintain stocks of essential supplies and reagents, to purchase lab supplies, and to ensure lab equipment is running efficiently.

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Familiarity with Apple and PC computers and ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed. Skill to set up and maintain computerized databases of plasmid and cell line inventories.

  • Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Ability to learn new experimental methods as required. Ability to work independently or collaboratively on a research project.

  • Basic mathematical computation skills required to maintain accurate data and to prepare reagent solutions.


Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

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Hiring Salary Range
$35,976.20 - $38,774.00 / Year
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri, occasional overtime as needed